How to Love Your Job and Avoid Burnout

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Warning Signs of Workplace Stress Plus 5 Tips to Avoid Burnout

Work related stress can get the best of anyone. The constant barrage of emails, instant messages, phone calls and meetings is enough to send anyone on a trip to crazy town. 

Feeling some stress is normal, especially if you have a deadline or are trying to find a solution to a challenge the company is facing. But chronic stress can lead to burnout and you dreading going to work each day–something known as the “Sunday Blues.”

For some, it can begin to feel like being on a hamster wheel you can’t get off of. If you aren’t there yet, let’s not let it get to that point, because you can avoid burnout! 

So let’s get right to it. Here are the warning signs you are headed for burnout plus five  tips on how to love your job and avoid burnout. 

Warning Signs You Are Headed for Burnout

  • You have a negative attitude at work
  • You have feelings of emptiness
  • You get easily irritated
  • You dread going into work or want to leave once you are there
  • You have a high absenteeism rate
  • You are having trouble sleeping
  • You are experiencing physical health issues such as headaches, pain or other illnesses
  • You are emotionally distant from colleagues or clients
  • You are thinking of quitting or changing roles

1 | Find Balance

A lot of us talk about work-life balance, but don’t always take our own advice. And some of us are just workaholics. But working to be able to afford the things you like to enjoy but never enjoying those things is a bit pointless, isn’t it? 

So make sure that you take time for other things that you love. Take that vacation time you’ve earned so that you can recharge, take off for the day when you are supposed to instead of putting in too much overtime, don’t check your email during your time off and spend time with your loved ones. I can guarantee you that not a single person on their deathbed said, “Gee, I wish I spent more time at work.” 

2 | Find Meaning

Many of us want to know that we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves. We want to know that our work is about more than just making a salary to pay the bills. So find meaning and purpose in your work. It’s important to understand, though, that it might not always be easy to find meaning in your work. Often, it isn’t something that can be uncovered. Rather meaning is something we make. Accepting this fact can help transform the way you feel about what it is that you already do. And remember, no job is trivial. 

3 | Manage Stress

Stress is inevitable but you don’t want it to get out of control. This means you have to learn how to manage it. Start by learning to manage your time better. Get yourself organized and make a priority list–when you check things off it will help you feel a sense of accomplishment. 

Also learn to re-evaluate your negative thoughts. When we are stressed for extended periods, our minds have a tendency  to jump to conclusions and read into every situation with a negative lens. So instead of thinking a co-worker is mad at you for not saying hi in the morning, distance yourself from those negative thoughts and simply observe. There could be plenty of reasons someone didn’t say hi to you first thing in the morning. Maybe they were lost in deep thought about their own to-do list for the day. 

And if getting more organized, moving away from negative thoughts and time off to recharge aren’t enough, know that it is time to talk to someone, particularly your boss. It might seem challenging to approach a supervisor about your stress, but know that they don’t have ESP and won’t know you are feeling overwhelmed if you don’t say something. Remember, your supervisor wants you to succeed just as much as you want to because it benefits the company. So talking to them about ways to reduce strain is beneficial for you and them. And if you don’t have a good relationship with your boss that allows you to reach out easily, speak to your human resources department to help you navigate the conversation and offer tips.

4 | Get Physical

Physical activity isn’t just healthy for your body, but your mind too! Exercise releases mood lifting endorphins which can help alleviate stress. Regular exercise can also help you get better sleep and get you feeling motivated for the day ahead. (Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen so you can find one that is right for you.) 

5| Workplace Culture

Finally, the culture of the company you work for can have a big impact on how much you love your job. An environment full of gossip, constant negativity and tons of pressure and no support is certainly tough on anyone. Even worse is an environment that doesn’t respect diversity, encourages gaslighting and abuse. So if you are finding that your personality just isn’t meshing with the company and your co-workers or that you are being treated in a disrespectful manner, it is time to find a new company to work for.